Rape: Sentencing

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 29th March 2017.

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Photo of Andrew Stephenson Andrew Stephenson Conservative, Pendle

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average length of sentence handed down to a person convicted of rape was in each of the last five years.

Photo of Sam Gyimah Sam Gyimah The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The average length of custodial sentence for rape, in England and Wales, from 2011 to 2015, can be found in the ‘Criminal Justice Statistics Quarterly: December 2015’ which can be found on Gov.uk.

Rape carries a maximum penalty of a life sentence. Indeterminate sentences such as life sentences are specifically excluded from the average custodial sentence length calculation.

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